Faculty of Social Sciences Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate degrees are your academic cornerstone and the starting point for your future. They’re an opportunity to discover what you are passionate about and expand your thinking through program courses and electives. All while developing key skills like communication and critical thinking.
The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a wide variety of degree programs that can often be combined in different ways. Students can focus on one subject with a single honours degree or if you are interested in two BA options, you can complete a combined Honours degree. Both options require the same number of units and take four years to complete. A BA degree typically focuses on one subject and takes three years to complete.
Academic Calendar Quick Guide
You are welcome to enrol in any class that you meet the prerequisites for. Use your advisement report to ensure that you do not take courses that cannot be used towards your degree requirements. You are welcome to do so on purpose if you choose to.
To see how prerequisites are organized go to: the Academic Calendar > Most recent year > Course Listings > Search (Filter) by Subject (Prefix) > click on a class to see the prerequisites, then click on the prerequisite classes to see what they require. This will help you to decide which classes are most important to take this year.
Prerequisites can be specific classes, levels, a faculty, or a program within a faculty, specific grades in a class, or your cumulative GPA.
Antirequisites are specific classes, levels, a faculty, or a program within a faculty that will prevent you from taking a class.
Co-requisites are a class that you need to at least be enrolled in at the same time, if you don’t already have a final passing grade.
Creating future leaders requires a diverse education experience, which is why we offer a wide variety of required and elective courses to students in our programs and across the University. This is your opportunity to explore and discover the academic program that is right for you. Most of our Level I students build a unique program in year one that provides them with a broad range of experiences on different subjects.
Students enrolled in Social Sciences I study across a wide range of subjects in their first year and declare a major in year two. Students in Economics I and Health and Society I focus on their areas of study right from their first year. No matter which path you choose, you can do an Honours BA or a combined Honours BA, as well as complement your degree with a minor and/or affiliated certificate, giving you over 260 possible combinations to choose from.
Find out more about our available undergraduate courses sorted by program, course and subject area below.
Programs & Courses
Undergraduate Minors, Certificates and Diplomas
Make the most of your education experience at McMaster by exploring your options for incorporating a minor area of study into your program. Or learn about our unique certificates and diploma options.
I was able to work directly with professors and their labs to learn the ins and outs of research, while getting my own hands-on experience. This took my learning outside of the classroom and encouraged me to consider the different types of careers I could pursue following my degree.
What I liked most about the Economic Policy program at McMaster University is how well it prepares you to enter the job market ... the focus is teaching you skills that you will implement in your future career.
What I liked most was the diversity of experiences offered by the many different areas of sociology taught by the department. I was able to tailor my learning to the areas of sociology which were of the most interest to me, while still being confident that the core courses of the program would provide me with the theoretical and practical foundations of the discipline.